toss a coin

toss a coin

1. Literally, to throw a coin into the air, with the outcome of something dependent on which side of the coin lands face-up. My brother and I used to toss a coin to decide everything when we were kids.
2. By extension, to give something over to chance, especially when two outcomes are equally likely. At this point, we're just flipping a coin whether the car will get us the whole way to Denver or not.
See also: coin, toss

toss a ˈcoin

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ˈtoss for something

(especially British English) (also flip a ˈcoin, ˈflip for something usually both American English ) throw a coin in the air in order to decide something: Right, who’s going to wash the dishes tonight? Shall we toss a coin?
Before the coin is thrown, one person chooses either ‘heads’ (= the side of the coin marked with a head) or ‘tails’ (= the other side). If the side chosen lands upwards this person wins the toss and the other person loses.
See also: coin, toss
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In Barangay Agnonoc in Ferrol, a sixth-class fishing town, candidates Angelito Gara and Lorna Gervacio agreed to toss a coin after both got 126 votes in Monday's barangay elections and tied for the seventh seat in the village council.
On the Saturday morning, Rajen and his mum went along to King Henry School and as there was just one place open and two players looking to fill that spot, it was decided to toss a coin to decide who took the available space.
I asked him to toss a coin and I think he tossed it until he got Don't Push It.
The comedian is to host a new gameshow this winter called Heads or Tails which will see contestants toss a coin to win up to one million pounds.
We certainly don't relish the thought of travelling over to Kibworth, watching the rain come down and then toss a coin.
It's customary to toss a coin before kick-off to decide who plays which end, but FA Cup rivals Liverpool and West Ham have gone further.
If you want to decide which football team takes the ball first or who gets the larger piece of cake, the fairest thing is to toss a coin, right?
I don't care how vigorously you throw it, you can't toss a coin fairly," says Persi Diaconis, a statistician at Stanford University who performed the study with Susan Holmes of Stanford and Richard Montgomery of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Cleveland and Atlanta must toss a coin for the seventh pick.
The referee will toss a coin with the two captains.
We toss a coin to see who kicks-off, to see who starts extra time and to see who takes the first penalty,' added Francis.
But you don't toss a coin to decide which end they should be taken.
So I had a Little League umpire toss a coin for me.
HTENSION surrounded the final place in the Racing Post Juvenile when my boss Jim Cremin had to toss a coin to see whether Dairyland Sue or Living Jewel got in.